by Brian Rust
(from the liner notes of Jazz In Saint Louis 1924 - 1927 on Timeless Records)
Charles Creath was one of the principal leaders in St. Louis from 1928 onwards. A Missouri man himself, and able to play saxophone and accordian as well as trumpet, he established himself as a brass player first and foremost; it is said that he could and did break up a razor fight in a dance hall with one powerful note! His sister Marge was a pianist who married drummer Zutty Singleton from Louisiana, and it was Zutty whose powerful drums were part of his brother-in-law's rhythm section on the third Creath record session. It is interesting to note that the trombonist on this occasion was Sonny Lee, who was a White musician from Frank Trumbauer's Orchestra at the Arcadia Ballroom in St. Louis, and he fits the general Creath pattern perfectly.

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Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Butter-Finger Blues
(Charles Creath)
5-2-1927 St. Louis, Missouri Okeh
8477
Crazy Quilt
(Andrew Sterling / Paul Van Loan)
5-2-1927 St. Louis, Missouri Okeh
8477
Everyman That Wears Bell-Bottom Britches Ain't No Monkeyman
(Floyd Campbell)
3-1925 St. Louis, Missouri Okeh
8210-A
Grandpa's Spells
(Jelly Roll Morton)
11-3-1924 St. Louis, Missouri Okeh
8257
I Woke Up Cold In Hand
Vocal Chorus by Floyd Campbell

(Charles Creath)
3-1925 St. Louis, Missouri Okeh
8217-A
King Porter Stomp
(Jelly Roll Morton)
3-1925 St. Louis, Missouri Okeh
8210-B
Market Street Blues
(Charles Creath)
12-1924 St. Louis, Missouri Okeh
8201
Market Street Stomp
(Charles Creath / Horace Eubanks)
11-3-1924 St. Louis, Missouri Okeh
8280-A
My Daddy Rocks Me
(With One Steady Roll)

Vocal Chorus by Floyd Campbell

(J.Berni Barbour)
3-1925 St. Louis, Missouri Okeh
8217-B
Pleasure Mad
(Sidney Bechet)
3-1924 St. Louis, Missouri Okeh
8201
Way Down Lovers Lane 11-3-1924 St. Louis, Missouri Okeh
8257
Won't Don't Blues
Featuring Lonnie Johnson playing Violin and Singing

(Charles Creath)
3-1924 St. Louis, Missouri Okeh
8280-B
Artist Instrument
William (Thornton) Blue Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Floyd Campbell Drums
Charles Creath Trumpet, Leader
Leonard Davis Trumpet
Horace Eubanks Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Cranston Hamilton Piano
Charlie Lawson Trombone
Sonny Lee Trombone
Sam Long Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Burroughs Lovingood Piano
Pete Patterson Banjo
Williams Rollins Tenor Saxophone
Lonnie Johnson Guitar
Zutty Singleton Drums
Cecil White Bass